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Getting Pregnant After Depo Provera Shots

Updated on July 18, 2016
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The Depo Provera birth control injection is taken every three months, or twelve weeks, to prevent pregnancy.
The Depo Provera birth control injection is taken every three months, or twelve weeks, to prevent pregnancy. | Source

Depo Provera

Are you considering the Depo Provera injections as a form of birth control? Are you already on Depo Provera or have stopped it and wondering what it is doing to your body? Read on to find out more about this birth control and the long term effects it may have on your body.

What is the Depo Shot ?

If you were to conduct an online search on the birth control option Depo Provera, what would you find? People asking about side affects? How about the thousands of women searching for answers concerning pregnancy during or after getting the shot?

I am one of those women. I had only one Depo shot, and I was searching for answers I did not have after stopping the shot. Here I am going to share my research about the Depo shot and how it affects getting pregnant in the future.

Depo Provera, or DMPA, is a form of birth control given as an injection. It contains mexdroxyprogesterone acetate, a synthetic form of the naturally occurring hormone progesterone. It prevents pregnancy for up to three months by stopping ovulation, thickening the cervical mucus, and changing the lining of the uterus so a pregnancy can't happen. The failure rate for this kind of birth control is around 0.3%, meaning that only three in one thousand women may get pregnant while using it.

A woman seeking to take this form of birth control should take the first shot within five days after the beginning of a normal menstrual cycle. For women getting the shot after giving birth, it is recommended that they wait a few weeks before getting the shot. Because a normal menstrual cycle may not occur for a while after giving birth, a health care provider might give a pregnancy test to ensure there is no pregnancy before administering the shot.

This form of birth control is for those who wish not to get pregnant at all or who wish not to get pregnant for a long while after giving birth. The recommended use for this shot is no more than two years, unless no other form of birth control works or is acceptable, due to the fact that it may cause bones to weaken from calcium loss.

What is Progesterone ?

Progesterone is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that helps with ovulation and menstrual cycles. When a woman is about to ovulate, or release an egg from the ovaries, progesterone is secreted to help prepare the uterus to accept the egg if it is fertilized and pregnancy occurs. A pregnancy would help keep the progesterone levels in the body high to prevent further ovulation. If the egg is not fertilized, progesterone levels drop and a menstrual cycle begins.

The synthetic progesterone in Depo Provera works by keeping the progesterone levels in the body at a higher level, essentially making the body think it's pregnant and preventing further ovulation.

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Depo Shot

Advantages
Disadvantages
99% effective
not effective against STDs
protection lasts for three months
loss of bone minerals, causing osteoperosis
less expensive than other birth control
quarterly doctors visits
no need to remember it, other than dr. visits
weight gain
chance of not having periods while on shot
effects last for a while even after last shot
may prevent uterine fibroids
many unpleasant side effects
If you are considering Depo Provera as a form of birth control, be aware of the advantages and disadvantages!

What is Depo Provera?

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Side Effects of Depo Shot

Depo Provera has many unpleasant side effects, a few of which are also found in other forms of birth control:

  • irregular bleeding, heavy bleeding, or no bleeding at all
  • weight gain
  • headaches
  • abdominal discomfort
  • hair growth or loss
  • nervousness
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • breast tenderness
  • acne
  • fluid retention or bloating

Weight gain is one of the side effects that bothers women the most. In fact, for every year a woman is on Depo Provera, she gains additional weight, nearly doubling the weight gain from the initial year.

A combination of some of these side effects--namely fatigue, lack of bleeding (amenorrhea), breast tenderness, and bloating--can make some women feel like they are pregnant. Many women search online, trying to see if others are experiencing the same thing, which many women are.

Serious side effects include anaphylactic reactions (severe allergic reactions) and ectopic pregnancy.

Periods on the Depo Shot

After the first Depo shot, many women will experience irregular or unpredictable bleeding as the body gets used to the synthetic hormone. For many women on the Depo shot, periods will be light and often disappear after the first few months on the shot (that is called amenorrhea , or the absence of a period). Other women may experience heavy bleeding, which may last only for the length of a period or may last for weeks on end.

Can You Get Pregnant After Only One Depo Shot?

Yes, you can get pregnant after only one Depo shot. It's just a matter of when you might get pregnant.

Some women, if they miss their second Depo shot, can get pregnant right away. For others, it can take months to conceive. For me personally, it took 18 months after only one Depo shot to conceive.

Can You Get Pregnant on the Depo Shot?

Even though the Depo Provera shot is meant to prevent pregnancy, there still is a chance you could become pregnant while on the shot. Here are some possibilities of how the Depo shot may fail:

  • the first shot was not given within the first 5 days of a normal period and you have had intercourse before the shot (meaning you were already pregnant at the time the shot was administered)
  • you had unprotected intercourse within the first month of the shot, before it was absolutely effective in your body
  • you did not get the next shot within 12 weeks

For reasons unknown, a few women each year get pregnant while on the shot, even after being on the shot for longer than the first three months and getting it at the recommended times.

Just remember: the only 100% birth control method is no intercourse at all. All other forms are 99% or lower. If you want to prevent pregnancy while on the shot, use a backup method like a condom or spermicide.

If you do become pregnant on the shot, stop taking the shot immediately and contact your health care provider. There is little or no increased risk of birth defects, yet in some countries it is reported that babies conceived while their mothers were on the shot may have a lower birth rate.

Stopping the Depo Shot

After experiencing the side effects of Depo Provera or wanting to become pregnant, many women choose to stop getting the shots. To do so, contact your health care provider and ask to cancel your next shot. You may be asked if you would like to consider any other birth control or if you need any more information.

When you stop taking the shot, it may take several weeks to several months to have a regular period again. You may once again experience irregular bleeding and abnormal periods until the hormone is out of your system. Most women may not experience ovulation for approximately 6-9 months after stopping the shot, while others may get pregnant soon after stopping the shot. If you want to stop the shot yet still don't want to become pregnant, it's best to use some other form of birth control.

How Long After the Depo Shot Can You Get Pregnant?

As mentioned above, regular periods may not return for several weeks to several months. On average, most women will not ovulate for approximately 6-9 months, and some sources say that time frame may even be 6-18 months.

Two things may affect how long it takes for you to get pregnant after stopping the shot: how long you took the shots and how consistent you were with taking them. Few women can get pregnant immediately after taking the shot. For many others, pregnancy doesn't occur for months or even years after stopping the shot. In my personal experience, it is taking longer than a year to conceive, as I have seen in some sources to be true for some women.

How to Get Pregnant After Depo Shot

If you would like to get pregnant after taking the Depo shot, here are some things you should do:

  • track your periods and make note when they become regular
  • track your ovulation once your periods become regular or take an ovulation test
  • have intercourse every other day from the time you stop your period until your next period, especially around ovulation
  • take prenatal vitamins to give your body what it needs to support a pregnancy

Above all, be patient. It may take a while to become pregnant after stopping the shot.

Depo Detox Diet

Some women, after stopping the Depo shot, turn to a detox diet to help their bodies get rid of the synthetic progesterone lingering in their bodies. The detox diet helps to flush the synthetic progesterone from the liver and may help with becoming pregnant.

Note: If you are considering one of these detox diets, first consult your doctor. Some of the herbs may not be suitable for you or may be dangerous for an underlying condition you may have. You also should wait a few weeks to allow your body to rid itself of the hormone and to heal.

A detox diet may include the following:

  • a lot of water
  • fresh fruits, vegetables and their juices
  • herbal teas
  • dandelion root
  • milk thistle
  • tumeric

Again, be sure to consult your doctor before going on any kind of detox diet.


Depo Provera Shots

As you can see, the Depo Provera shots are a long term birth control option that may not be for everyone. Make sure to make an informed decision if you are choosing this shot as your birth control.

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      Tori 2 weeks ago

      I've been on Depo for 2 years and I got off Depo last year in December and I was wondering can I get pregnant after 9months being off Depo? My boyfriend and I are trying to have our own little family

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      Zulyema 2 weeks ago

      I had a baby on December 6 of 2016 I went on the depo shot and took it 2 times only my last shot was may 10 I was suppose to get another one on august 10 but I didn't get it and I been having unprotected sex since then is it possible to get pregnant right away ?

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      Hildah 2 weeks ago

      Hi i only had one shot of depo after miscarriage,now i want to try again what are my chances of getting pregnant again.

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      HopeNoRain 3 weeks ago

      Make Sure Your Period Is Regular &

      Track Ovulation It's That Simple

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      Kadian 3 weeks ago

      I've been on the shot from last year after having my first child I took my last shot in March and I've been having unprotected sex with my partner my period was normal after I took stop taking the shot I missed my period for a month now I did do an pregnancy test earlier in the month abt a day after the date of my last period any advice on what I should do?

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      anonymous 3 weeks ago

      hi i'm using injectables for 9 mos. i decided to stop using it for this mos, my shot should be given at 3rd of aug. but i refused to take a shot, but for 9 mos of under of injectables i have no menstration since my first shot, is it okay? it has a chance to get pregnant? reply asap thanks

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      Tatianna Roark 4 weeks ago

      Hello my name it tatianna I got on depo October 11, 2016 and i bleed for 3 months straight then it stopped on 3/24/16 then got my first real period on 04/08/16 and since then I've had regular periods im healthy I've only had two partners and I still can not seem to get pregnant I'm 19 and having a baby is really hard . Any tips ? I really need help seeing all these pregnant people makes me so sad .

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      Cristy 4 weeks ago

      Hi Marissa I have already my 4 shots of depo. My First Shot was September 14, 2016 and my 5th shot was on August 15, 2017 I miss the 5th shot then between August 15 to August 23 my husband and I have unprotected sex.Is there a tendency I get pregnant 8 days after the date my shot ?

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      crystal 4 weeks ago

      hi my name is crystal ive had 5 shots on my depo injection every 3 months ive just had my 5th one last Friday but me and my boyfriend have been talking and I want to get of my depo injection in November as that is my next one but me and my boyfriend want to start trying for our own little family and I really need advise and help on this please

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      Marissa 5 weeks ago from United States

      Nalini, it could take a while for the effects of the shot to wear off. I suggest speaking with your doctor about tips for conceiving.

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      Marissa 5 weeks ago from United States

      Hi Brenda, it could take a few months or even longer to conceive after being on the shot.

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      Nalini 5 weeks ago

      I have taken the shots almost 7 years now I took it once and I have been trying to conceive but never got true what more can I do please help!!!!

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      Brenda 5 weeks ago

      Hello my is Brenda I been on the depo shot for 3 years and my last shot was feb 2017...I still haven't had a period yet..how long would it take to have a baby?

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      Marissa 7 weeks ago from United States

      Cris, yes, it's possible. It just might not happen as quickly.

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      Marissa 8 weeks ago from United States

      Ayanna, any time you have sex, you can get pregnant. It does usually take a while for Depo to leave your system, but pregnancy can happen at any time.

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      Ayanna 2 months ago

      Ive been off of the depo shot for 27 days and i had a regular 7 day period. The day after my period was done i had unprotected sex. Could i possiblly get pregnant

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      Marissa 2 months ago from United States

      Nokwazi, the symptoms you are experiencing could either be from the shot or from pregnancy. A pregnancy test could help give you the answer.

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      Nokwazi 2 months ago

      Hai,I started to use depo after my socond born in 2010,and I stop it in 2012 my period was okey from the i was having unprotected sex and I started to use it again on the 7 march 2017 and I didn't go back for the second time and I was still doing unprotected sex even now on June I haven't seen my periods and am still waiting to see if I will have my periods.But I have symptoms of pregnancy so please can you help me with this because am started to think that am pregnant even my man think so too and he's so happy about this but am scared what if am not pregnant?plz help me.

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Steph, I think it's time to get a second opinion. The least they could do is give an ultrasound to see why you are having pain on the left side.

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      Steph 3 months ago

      I started deapo when I was 13 cause of heavy period to the point of passing out. I stopped when I was 25 and went to the pill till i was 29 . No period on deapo when I went to pill they came back . I stopped everything at 29 and I'm wanting to have a baby but so far no luck. I didn't have a period for 5months after stopping . For the last five years I have had bad pain on my left lower side come and go . My period is back but it is sometimes late and now I'm almost a month late . I don't think being on depo for 12 years straight with no period was good. At five years on depo I asked if it was ok to be on it that long the doctor told me I was fine . Somehow now I'm not sure I'll even be able to get pregnant or even live a full life cause of all the law suit against it. I talk to Doctors about it but I feel like I'm get a run around left side pain and depo and no period and no way to have a baby????? I'm tried and stressed and have no clue why they can't be straightforward about what I feel is going on

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Ty, there's no way to tell. It varies.

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      Ty 3 months ago

      So how long do you think it will take

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Ty, if you're trying to get pregnant, it's recommended by most doctors that you take a prenatal vitamin. It's always possible to get pregnant, it's just that after being on Depo it might take a while.

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      Ty 3 months ago

      Hi I've been on deposit for 8yrs and I finally got off of it. My last shot was Oct of 2016 and I finally seen my cycle June 8 2017 is it possible that I can get pregnant. And is it safe to take vitamin to get pregnant

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Francina, what you're feeling could be the result of the shot. It made me feel like I was pregnant, but I wasn't. You can take a pregnancy test just to be sure.

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      Marissa 3 months ago from United States

      Sondrette, I believe at this point, since it has been about 6 years since your last shot, that the Depo is certainly out of your body. PCOS can be the cause of your current infertility, but it's not impossible to get pregnant when you have PCOS. I recommend speaking with your doctor and researching about the condition.

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      Sondrette Bulungol 3 months ago

      Iam pleased with the information but for my case I have a 7 year old child...which I gave birth in 2010...and I took 3 shots of Depo (not on exact dates) in mid 2010 and 2011 and I saw I was putting on weight so I stopped.I have very irregular periods and TTC is hard and now Iam diagnose with PCOS...WHAT IS WRONG HERE... am 30 I need at least 2 or 3 more children.

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      Marissa 4 months ago from United States

      Mariah, it's too soon to tell if you're pregnant. The symptoms you're experiencing could be from the shot still. If you want to test any way, you should wait at least 3 weeks.

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      Mariah Brook 4 months ago

      Hi. I'm 20 And I been on the depo since a little after I had my daughter in July of 2015 on and off with no periods it stopped completely. Now April 26 of this year was my depo date to get it I cancelled my appointment . I had unprotected sex April 27th to May 12 I been getting symptoms but I'm very unsure if I'm pregnant or not I haven't took a pregnancy test yet . Could I be pregnant or is it to early to detect it . Help Me Out Here

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      Debra 4 months ago

      I only had my Depo shot after giving birth and missed my next Depo shot about 14 days. so I had my second Depo shot on 10th of April.I had unprotected inter course the next day. my question is I can be pregnant.

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      Marissa 7 months ago from United States

      Hi, unfortunately you might still be experiencing side effects of the shot. It takes a while before your hormones are back to normal. I would trust the words of your doctor.

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      Marissa 7 months ago from United States

      Hi, just be aware that it could take a while, even though you only had one shot. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 8 months ago from United States

      Do you mean 8th day of your cycle? I believe my doctor recommended protected sex the whole first month to be sure the shot has a chance to work.

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      Sarah, it may be time to talk to a doctor. Have you been testing for ovulation with a kit? If not, try that first, and then speak with your doctor. Best wishes!

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      Sarah 2 years ago

      Hi can someone help me i was one the depo injection for no more then 6 months i came off dec 2o13 my peroids came back April 2014 there been back every month 28 29 days between them still not ovulation is this normal i really want a baby

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      anna, unfortunately, it is. It takes quite a while for periods to return for some people. I suggest a visit to your doctor. Best wishes!

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      anna 2 years ago

      Hi im 34 I came off the depo 12 months ago but haven't had a period at all yet is this normal

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      precious, if you get the shot again in October on schedule, then you should be protected from pregnancy. It is completely normal to still get your period while on the shot. They may become abnormal or stop completely, but that is because of the hormones. If you are trying to get pregnant, then you should not get the next shot and wait about three normal cycles before trying to conceive. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 2 years ago from United States

      yoliz, as I am not a doctor, I can't comment on not having a menstrual cycle for so long. While it's possible that it may take longer for you to conceive after being on birth control for so long, I don't believe you would be completely infertile. Birth control pills can regulate cycles, so yes, they may help. I highly suggest speaking with your doctor about your concerns. Best wishes!

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      precious 2 years ago

      I had my first shot on the 5th of August and ihave to get my second one on 29October problem is am still getting periods bt recently my periods have become normal are there any chances of getting pregnant please help

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      yoliz 3 years ago

      Hi, after i had my daughter (may 2007) i decided to get mirena IUD for five years, after those five years i tried Implanon(may 2012) on my left arm for 2 years and then after i got it removed that same day i got depo shot (may2014) So basically ive been on different types of birth control for 7 years and i haven't had a period since giving birth to my daughter. I was supposed to get another shot back in August 2014 but i decided to take a break from all the added hormones before trying to conceive. My question is, is it normal and healthy for me not to have a menstrual cycle for so long? And is it true that some women can become infertile if they're on birth control for years like i have? Also i heard that taking birth control pills may help regulate periods, would you recommend something like this in my case?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      NickNack427, to my knowledge, there is no way to speed it up on your own. I highly suggest speaking with your doctor if you only have two months. Best wishes!

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      NickNack427 3 years ago

      I had only one shot April 17. It expired July 10th. I want to ttc but I haven't so much as spotted. I'm trying herbal supplements and so far all they've done is stop the depo withdrawal. It's so frustrating because the hubby leaves for Afghanistan in two months. We want to be pregnant before then. Is there anyway to speed up the process.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      MrsLaster, if you're not sure if you're ovulating, you should try an ovulation kit. You would use one from days 9 of your cycle until about day 14 or so to see when/if you ovulate. The tests indicate when you are most likely to be ovulating (which is when you should have intercourse). I used them myself and found them to be very helpful. You can also consult with your doctor to see if you are ovulating if you do not get results from the tests. Best wishes!

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      MrsLaster 3 years ago

      Hi,

      I was on the depo shot for 6 months (2 months total)...Before that, I had never been on any type of birth control before in life. I am 32 years old. I have always had a regular menstrual cycle. My last injection was November 2012. My periods returned in August 2013 and have been regular ever since. My husband and I have decided to try for baby #3 (last one) and I have yet to get pregnant. we've been actively trying since Nov. 2013. I am wondering if I am ovulating at all. What advice can you share to help in this situation??!! I'm all ears!! Thanks!!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Sarah, yes, it could still be from the effects of the shot. Your body may not be regulated yet and you may still have irregular periods. It is possible, however, that if you are trying to become pregnant, that the missed period is an indication of that. At this point, you should be able to take a test to find out, or you can speak with your doctor to see what's going on. Best wishes!

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      Sarah 3 years ago

      I came off the injection Dec 2013 had my 1st period 26th April then 2nd one on the 30th May but missed June is this normal I'm trying to become pregnant

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      precious, being that it has only been 6 months, it's possible that your body hasn't regulated itself yet. I suggest speaking with your doctor about this, especially if you are trying to have a baby. He or she can help you find ways to regulate your cycle and improve your chances of conceiving, if that's what your goal is. Best wishes!

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      precious 3 years ago

      I've been on Depo for two and a half year and my last shot was on November last year and till now i haven't had my period back.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Anna, you're still within the 6-18 months since stopping your last shot, so I'd say this is normal, but if you have been trying for the past few months and you haven't had any success, it's time to speak with your doctor. In my personal experience, it took more than a year for me to conceive, so I know how frustrating it can be to wait. Since you have a history of miscarriage, you should speak with your doctor about what's going on. As far as increasing your chances, you are doing the right thing by taking a prenatal vitamin. Also try to have intercourse starting on the 8th-9th day of your cycle and continue to do so until about the 15th day of your cycle to increase your chances. Other than that, your doctor will know better how to help you. Best wishes!

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      Anna 3 years ago

      My last shot was July of 1213 and my periods have been regular since October. I have been taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid. I had I miscarriage in 2011 and went on the shot a little after that but didn't ever get it that regular. Should I worry about not conceiving yet or is it perfectly normal and is there anything else I can do to help my chances of conceiving soon ?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      lora, I can't give you a definite answer on that, but it seems according to the time frame that you provided that the Depo might be starting to clear out from your system, allowing things to go back to normal. Keep in mind, though, that though things may seem regular again, it could take longer to conceive. I hope it doesn't take too long for you! Best wishes!

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      lora 3 years ago

      I had my first and only shot on dec 6, i was supposed to get another one on feb 28 and I missed because my husband and I are trying to conceive. I had spotting after stopping depo, then in april 4 i got my first period it lasted a week. On may 3 i had clear stretchy discharge and white discharge and on may 5 i got my period again is been 5 days with my period and its going away. Does this means everything is normal again?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Chandre, it's possible that you're experiencing an illness or infection due to your symptoms. It isn't uncommon to have your period twice in one month if you had it at the beginning of the month and just had it at the end of the month. I suggest contacting your doctor if the symptoms persist to see what's going on and to get proper treatment. Best wishes!

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      Chandre 3 years ago

      Hello. I have been off depo shot for 2 years and have been trying to conceive. I recently had my period twice this month, in the beginning of month and second one was just five days ago. Second one from Tuesday til Thursday. Since yesterday I have been having mild cramps and brown discharge when I wipe. Please help me understand what's wrong

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Pricilla,

      There's no way for me to say. I suggest buying an ovulation test and testing in the middle of your cycle, about 9 days in. Being that you just got off the shot after being on it for three years, it may take some time before everything is regular and you're ovulating again. Best wishes!

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      Pricilla 3 years ago

      I was on the depo shot for about 3 years and just got off it my last shot was exactly 3 months ago on December 12th . I just got off a heavy period that lasted about 8 days . Am I able to concieve ??

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Lisa, as mentioned above, most women may not get pregnant until 6-18 months after the shot is out of their system. It all depends when your ovulation cycles return. It's recommended that you wait at least 1-3 cycles before you try to become pregnant.

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      Lisa 3 years ago

      I had one depo shot (three months) it ended a month ago and I spotted this month when's the soonest that I could get pregnant?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Nicole, I'm not sure what you mean by 'override', but you may be able to get your cycle back on track with other forms of birth control. This is something you need to speak with a doctor about. Best wishes!

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      Nicole 3 years ago

      Can I use another form of birth control to override depo.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      ursula, it's recommended that you wait at least three months before trying to get pregnant. After that, it could take anywhere from 6-18 months to become pregnant once the shot is completely out of your system. Best wishes!

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      ursula 3 years ago

      I used injections for 3months now...how long should I wait to fall pregnat...after when should I started.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi Penelope,

      I'm not that familiar with Nustrate, but assuming it has the same effects as Depo Provera, it may take a few weeks to a few months for your cycles to become regular again. You may not see a period or ovulate for a few months. I would speak to your doctor about your concerns. Best wishes!

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      Penelope 3 years ago

      I was using two month injection nustrate for about six months I stopped using it last year june was supposed to go back september I didn't cause I want baby till today nothing happening please tell me what to do

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi breezy,

      Since you've had two shots already, it could take anywhere from a few weeks to 18 months for your periods to return and become regular again, as it says in the article above. If you're thinking about pregnancy, it's recommended that you wait at least three months before trying to allow your body to find a regular rhythm again. Best wishes!

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      breezy 3 years ago

      Ive only had 2 shots of depo my third one is due at the end of the month im not going ive had no period since i started how long can it take me to get pregnant?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Serenity, I am not sure if the shot caused the miscarriage (very, very sorry for your loss!). The shot can take a few weeks to months to fully be out of your body. It's recommended that you wait three months from your last shot to try to become pregnant again. It may take a few months for you to be able to conceive, so don't become discouraged after the first time you try. Until then, take care of yourself and prepare your body for a new pregnancy by taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid, eating a healthy diet, getting some exercise and getting plenty of rest. Best wishes!

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Lucie, you should wait at least three months before trying to get pregnant, which is recommended by the makers of the shot. Until then, start taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest, and get some exercise. From now until then, you want to try to get your body ready for a possible pregnancy. It may take months, as you know if you read the article above, so don't become discouraged after the first try. Best wishes!

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      Serenity 3 years ago

      Hi i had a two month shot during my first month of pregnancy and had a miscarraige at 4months....could the shit have caused this.....and in Sept of 2013 i had my first depo shot and it due for mt next shot this dec and dnt want it at all.......how long will i get pregnant and is my 2month shot also still in my body or just the depo and how long will it take 4 me to conceive......im 20..trning 21 in 2014

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      lucie 3 years ago

      i have had three shots and the last one ended this 23 November,i want to get pregnant as soon as possible what should i do i really need help

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi Sherry Hewins , yes, you're right. I checked my sources once more and found a better statistic to use. Thanks for pointing that out!

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      Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Doesn't 1% mean one out of 100?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      ten, just because you missed your shot doesn't mean that the effects of the previous shot are not still in your system. It could take weeks to months for your body to regulate itself. It's recommended that you wait at least 3 months before trying to become pregnant, but after that it could take anywhere from 6-18 months. Best wishes!

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      ten 3 years ago

      I am probably one of the rarer cases on the sepo haha cause I lost 15+ lbs....I am 24 years old 5'4 and started with a weight of 99.8 lbs and went as low as 84.6lbs...currently my weight is 86.2lbs..my second shot was due today and I took some pills instead. I really want to get pregnant soon but I thought that I would have some bleeding/spotting or sonething since the shot is due today but nada:(

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Amanda, in your case, the only way to tell if you're ovulating is to take an ovulation kit. You can also try tracking your basal body temperature, which can tell you if you are ovulating or not. Best wishes!

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      amanda 3 years ago

      I was on the depo shot for 2 years and its been almost 16 months. Before the shot i had irregular periods but i still have not had one since being off the shot. How could i tell if i am ovulating?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      shanice, often, when your abdomen starts to get big and hard, it's not due to pregnancy, especially early pregnancy. Since you've only been off of the shot for seven months, your body is still trying to get your hormones back in working order. The changes you are noticing in your body could be due to other issues. I suggest if you're concerned about pregnancy that you speak with your doctor.

      Best wishes!

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      shanice 3 years ago

      Hi I been using depo fo 3 and a half years so its been seven months since I off depo my periods did come back but eversince two weeks ago it just stop and now my stomach start go get big and hard I did a home pregnancytest and was negative can I be pregnant

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Mary, I'm not sure why the doctors gave you an antibiotic as missing the shot does not make you ill. How long your period lasts depends on how your system reacts to the absence of the shot. It could last a few days or longer, until your hormones are balanced once more. I don't believe taking anything will have any effect unless new studies have been done to prove otherwise.

      Best wishes!

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      Mary 3 years ago

      Missed my second depo shot this week and started my peiod a week before I had to get the shot and I didn't take it cause I wanted to get off the depo. How long am I going to have period? Will antibiotic 250mg 4 times a day will help as the doctors gave it to me?

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Hi Ashleigh, I don't know of any reason why it would be bad for you not to get your second shot other than you could become pregnant and that your hormones will be off for a while. With only one shot in your system, it could take anywhere from 6-18 months to become pregnant. It is recommended that you wait a few months to even begin trying so that your system has the chance to regulate itself.

      Best wishes!

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      Ashleigh 3 years ago

      Hi, I took my first depo shot in July and my next shot is tomorrow, I am planning on not taking my second shot as its very bad for me, all the side effects but i went on google if its ok for me not to take the second shot but read an article that its bad for me not to take the second shot? what should i do? as i really want to get it out of my system and doesnt wnt to take it again. i am planning to get pregnant again. how long would the depo try and get out if my system even having only 1 depo shot? i really want this thing out of me as soon as possible!! please help me get my normal, healthy life back :(

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Aminat, there's no way to know unless you have blood work done that the shot's effects are out of your system. I suggest using an ovulation test kit to find out when you ovulate. Usually you can start using one about 9-10 days after the first day of your last period. Your period, if once again regular, should come about 26-32 days after your last period.

      Best wishes!

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      Aminat 4 years ago

      I saw my period after seven month of stopping the shot, I had cleansing to force it to come in between but it stop, it now come natural on the 13th of this month but it was not heavy just little it come for days but no sigh of ovulation. Does that mean the injection is out of my system? When will I ovulate? Will my period come again? Am really confused

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Bebe, you're very welcome! Best wishes!

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      Bebe 4 years ago

      Thank you so much! The pain started years ago so im ruling it out as a pregnancy issue and planning to get it checked. I appreciate your help very much!:)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Bebe, I don't think Depo Provera can cause birth defects after stopping it, but I am not a medical professional. All I can say is that after having the shot, I had a perfectly healthy baby boy, and I know of others who have had healthy babies as well.

      As far as the pain you're experiencing, it's most likely sciatic nerve pain, which is common during pregnancy and is caused by the uterus pushing down on the sciatic nerve in your lower back. It could also be pain from a previous injury. If the pain is constant and you cannot find relief, I highly suggest speaking with your doctor about it.

      Best wishes!

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      Bebe 4 years ago

      Also, since i started the shot i have constant pain in my lower right side of my back, just above where i got my shot regularly every 3 months. Could the depo shot be what caused my never-ending pain? No matter what i do it wont stop its relentless:(

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      Bebe 4 years ago

      I was on the depo shot for multiple years, since i was 13 because being in juvenile hall you had to be on birth control. When i met the man of my dreams and.we wanted to start a family i immediately stopped the shot. About a month later i was pregnant with my first child, im 16 weeks right now and was curious.. since i was on the shot for so long could my baby be more susceptible to birth defects? Please help ive searched the internet and came up with nothing so far..

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Aminat , if it's only been three months, you may still need to wait a few more months before your cycles and hormones are completely regular again. It could be anywhere between 6-9 months before you ovulate again. Give it time. Best wishes!

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      Aminat 4 years ago

      aminat ,I had one shot after then I went to see my doctor who perform cleasing of my uterus and fix coil for my period toi come, it work bt immediatly I remove the coil after 3month my period stop I realy don't knw what else to do

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      melanie, the spotting could be menstruation or it could be from the effects of the shot. Keep track of it either way so you can have an idea of when you may expect your period the next time.

      Only your doctor should tell you whether or not you should get the next shot or try to conceive. Being that you had procedures to remove cysts in your ovaries and to remove endometriosis, I would assume that your doctor may want you to wait a while before trying to have a baby in order to allow your body to heal properly. Plus, it's recommended that you wait approximately three months after stopping the shot to begin TTC to allow your body to get back to a regular cycle.

      Please have this conversation with your doctor. You'll want a professional opinion since any other advice may hamper your efforts to try to successfully become pregnant and carry a baby to term. Best wishes to you!

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      melanie 4 years ago

      Hi, i had my first depo shot last feb 10, 2013 and due for next shot on May 10. And today (April 25) i just had spotting, could this be my first day of menstruation? Im nervous and scared coz ive been ttc since last year and desperately wanting to become a parent. I just had my cysts in both ovaries removed and fixed my severe endometriosis thats why right after my laparoscopy my dr. gave me my first depo shot. Should i not take my next shot of depo coz i want to start in ttc again. Thanks!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      DG, you're welcome. What prenatal vitamins you take before pregnancy depend on what you prefer. You can read my article about it, entitled Prenatal Vitamins Before, During, and After Pregnancy. It'll give you information about the ingredients in the vitamins and the different kinds. If you click on my name (ThePracticalMommy) it'll take you to my list of hubs in my profile, and the article will be there.

      Best wishes!

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      DG 4 years ago

      Thank you and what are the best prenatal vitamins?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      DG, most women ovulate 10-14 days after the first day of their last period. Conception can occur right around that time to a few days later. I suggest using an ovulation kit to try to pinpoint when your ovulation is. To increase your chances of conception on your own, you should take a pre-natal vitamin with Folic Acid in it, eat a healthy diet, get some exercise and rest every day, and stay hydrated. Also, you could have intercourse just about every other day after your period ends right up until your next period, but especially around your ovulation days (that's a recommendation that my own doctor gave me when I was trying to conceive).

      Best wishes!

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      DG 4 years ago

      Hey I was on the depo shot for 5years. I stopped getting it in may of last year. I've started back getting my period but only for 3days. I try find out when I ovulate because I'm trying to conceive. So my question is how do I know when I'm ovulating and what kinds of methods I could use to boost my chances of getting pregnant up?

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      mary, while there is a chance you could be pregnant, there's also a chance that you are still feeling the effects of the shot. The only way to know would be to take a pregnancy test, either at home or at your doctor's office.

      Best wishes!